Thursday, 20 September 2018

MPOV: Fei Fei Crab Restaurant

Type: Non-halal
My rating: 4/5
Location: 19 Jalan SS 22/11, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/feifeicrab/

This is our first time here, recommended by a couple of good -Pokemon Go- friends. It's an air-conditioned seafood restaurant which is cosy yet with a typical no frills ambience. Customers were in and out non-stop, filling up the restaurant fast! Service was prompt and we were efficiently served without much hassle.

As we did not foot the bill, prices below had been Googled so it's a rough estimate on how much the meal would cost.
Vegetable: NA; BBQ Pork Rib +- RM30
This 2 dishes were awesome! Such simple delicacy yet tasted just right! I do recognise the vegetable though I didn't know the dish, it's pretty yummy with so much mushroom and I could taste a tinge of 'flower wine'. The pork rib was sinfully delicious with soft, tender meat + fat 'toing toing' roasted just right!
Fried Chinese Bun +- RM5; Claypot Kam Heong Crab +- RM150
The main dish arrived and all eyes were on the huge crab! Aside from smelling heavenly, it tasted just as sinfully heavenly!!! The bun looked ordinary but it's actually hot and fluffy with crispy skin. Once dipped into the crab's gravy, the combination was like fireworks! The crab itself, though huge, was 100% meat filled! Fresh, succulent with awesome creamy kam heong gravy cooked to perfection! I can never get over this dish, for sure, the taste will stay fresh in my mind for years to come! (still drooling while blogging here LOL!!!)

Honestly, though expensive (estimated RM200++ for 4 pax), it's definitely worthwhile for a once in a blue moon treat to self!!! Overall, it is a perfect gourmet indulgence for me!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

MPOV: The Audacious Adventuress

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.35/5
First published: 1971
Author: Barbara Cartland
Genre: Historical romance

When Valdo, a Marquis, stumbled upon Druscilla, it was two long lost distant cousins reunited under odd circumstances. Nothing has prepared both of them of their future when they had been forced to marry by the Duke upon discovering the Duchess' philandering ways with Valdo. After their hasty marriage, Valdo has to present Druscilla to the society as the new Marchioness and he's in a rut on how to do it without losing his pride. Druscilla had the perfect plan, with Valdo's grandmother's help, together they had deceived the society and became the talk of the town!

I can't get over some plots which were deemed right back then but wrong now. How times have changed and evolved! I would have liked the formality back then but it does seemed high-handed and aloof. Anyway, here are some of my thoughts...
1. Druscilla has suffered much in life after her father has passed away. Living in poverty and hardship in getting a permanent work, she finally found her long term solution in Valdo's sudden proposition. In current days, Druscilla would have been seen as a gold digger LOL! Her untoward incident with a certain Dirty Old Man would have been classified as sexual harassment and rape, unlike those days where the victims (usually maids or servants) had to live with it and everything swept under the rug.

2. I cringed a little when Valdo's egoistic character takes a swipe at Druscilla's drab initially but eventually over coming it all after her beautiful transformation. That is so sexist! Somehow the knight in shining armour has become a dickhead!!! Then again, this was way back when such pride is allowed *rolled eyes*

3. Not forgetting that both Druscilla and Valdo were long distant cousins getting married, though it's common back then but it is frown upon now.

I have not read classic historical romance ever so this is my first and it's giving me happy, exciting thrills overall! This book pretty much felt like a Cinderella story with, of course, a Happy Ever After ending. With not much unnecessary sex plots, it's filled with tender, sweet moments of innocent love and some drama to peak the story up. It's definitely a breath of fresh air and it did keep me wanting to finish it soonest - wondering what Eustace would do in the end; how Druscilla and Valdo would rekindle - although it was somewhat predictable.

The prose was a little difficult to get by at times. Well it's written in the 70's so can't complain much here. TBH, it's truly entertaining and I'm amazed with Barbara Cartland's imaginary romantic plots. At times, it does seemed funny, like the below which I've screen captured:
This book is for those who wants a quick and easy romantic read :-)

Friday, 14 September 2018

CSM: Adoption drive this Sunday

Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better's Adoption Drive this Sunday at The School!
#adoptdontbuy

For more information, please check out the Facebook event page below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/934176920102495/

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

MPOV: Josh & Jana

My rating: 3/5
Location: Lot F11-13 Giant Hypermarket Putra Heights
Type: Halal

This place is usually crowded during peak hours so we thought of giving it a try.
Set A RM13.11
Set F RM17.83
Total bill was RM30.95 which was a little over the top for me though it's in a retail space. Aside from the prompt service and friendly staff, the food quality was not on par. I find it a little lacking for such ambience. Maybe I expected more since it's always crowded or I had ordered the wrong dish? My sambal had some burnt taste to it. Chicken was a little over cooked. Cucumber was bitter. Other than that, all tasted as usual, nothing distinctly different. Good to go to when raining and just filling up the tummy.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

MPOV: Big Brother

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 7.1/10
Released: August 16, 2018
Director: Kam Ka-wai
Actors: Donnie Yen, Joe Chen, Kang Yu
Category: action, drama

A soldier-turned-high school teacher uses unusual methods to reach to a class of poor students, while dealing with a greedy entrepreneur and his gang of fighters as well as the government.

The above taken from IMDb.

Recently watched this unexpectedly entertaining movie which totally reminded me of Dangerous Minds starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Though the plots may differ, the gist of it is similar and both were truly touching in the end.

Big Brother was more relatable as it's Asian with a number of young new casts who were quite impressionable. Donnie Yen, being the main lead, did influenced the movie more with his butt-kicking, handsome charisma but then it did wane off eventually. The variety of casts made it more engaging with their various antiques.

The plot itself was genuinely refreshing from the previous gangster's theme lame story line. This one touches more of the social ills currently impacting students. Also highlighted more about life, about family responsibility, about living meaningfully... especially since we only live once.

So much so that I do believe Malaysian teachers and students MUST watch this movie!!! It's definitely eye-opening especially since Malaysians are so backward yet think they are so forward. As the saying goes 'Money in your pocket' for sure!

Thursday, 30 August 2018

MPOV: One Perfect Rose (Fallen Angels #7)

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.02/5
First published: 1997
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Genre: Historical romance

The book is about Stephen who is ailing and has only months to live. All his life, he lived by the rules and in the end, it has costs him much. So for once in his lifetime, he wants to live without rules and left home for a few weeks of reckless living without informing anyone except for his servants. As fate may has it, he met Rosalind who is a stage manager for her family's Fitzgerald Theater Troupe and both of them, unknowingly, fell in love.

The angst, anxiety of being sick and not knowing when he'll die. Unknown to Rosalind that Stephen is actually a duke. The journey they had to endure to be together in the last few months was agonisingly harrowing. At times, the flood gate nearly broke down and I had to hold back especially since I'm in the public, reading this during my commute! This book has all the right dose of ingredients making it into a perfect recipe for romance. Everything just right, not too much nor too little, not too detailed nor too gory, it has simmered into perfection.

Although I've read many romance novels, this is most likely the first time which I've truly enjoyed from the start to the end, salivating each and every page. It had me wanting to flip to the last page just to know the ending! Gosh definitely testing my patience LOL! It did had me thinking how the story will end i.e. with a wrong diagnosis and all but I did not expect that little twist towards the end. That definitely brought the novel to another level!

The only part not as believable was when Rosalind was 3 years old, with those flashbacks about how her parents died, her saviour Maria and Thomas, her scavenging months, etc. It would have been better if she was aged a little older i.e. 6 then it would have been much better. Anyway, it's just a small peck of the novel.

To be honest, I would not have picked this up if it's not for KLBAC Romance Book Discussion pick. Apparently this is one of the member's all time favourite and now I know why. It has all the concoction to be one of the best with the right measurement of fluffiness. So endearingly swoon worthy if you asked me!

I seldom detoured from my usual favourite authors for romance as I do have lots in my TBR to read. Well, too much to read with so little time... most reader's trauma! I would safely say Mary Jo Putney has officially gained a rank on my favourite romance authors list. Having found out this is book no 7 of Fallen Angels series, I might just go hunting for the rest! There goes my TBR!!!

There were a number of swoon worthy quotes but, alas, reading an e-book made it difficult for me to mark it. I've only managed to screenshot these:

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Busy as a bee!

I've been pretty busy lately, aside from working, on a new endeavour partnering with my hubby which will kick start in early October... if all goes well *fingers crossed*

So as not to jinx it, I'll not mentioned anything about it until everything is confirmed ya... for the time being, I'll just call it "NNN" *excited wide grin*

I'll reveal it slowly but surely and when the time comes, there'll be a big reveal LOL! Not meaning to tease but just to be sure lah... in the meantime, stay tune!

Monday, 20 August 2018

MPOV: The Diary of a Young Girl

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.12/5
First published: June 25, 1947
Author: Anne Frank
Genre: Autobiography, classic, non-fiction

Anne Frank had started writing in her diary when she first received one during her 13th birthday, a gift from her parents. She has written the ups and downs of her short life, mostly of their 2 years in hiding away from Hitler's Nazi regime. Throughout this tumultuous time at the 'secret annex', aside from sharing her secrets with Kitty (her diary's name), Anne has also documented the daily habits and nature of the other 7 tenants i.e. her father, mother, sister, Mr. Van Daan, Mrs Van Daan, their son Peter and Mr Dussel; their daily grouses, complaints, their bored, incompetent times including her own dreams, nightmares and wishes.

One can definitely relate to her being confined and felt her boredom, lack of communication plus growing up and becoming wiser in that 2 years. Her positive mindset in maintaining sanity was incredible as I would have been driven mad by then. With her ability to let out her grouses via her diary, it's a healthy sense since Anne was able to digress her thoughts more eloquently thus keeping her sane.

I could not fathom her age while reading her diary, as it was well expressed and written with acute sense of adulthood although there were still hints of that teenage tantrum and bickering. One wouldn't have expected a teenager of 14 could write explicitly well, so well that I kept thinking she's older. She would have made a good journalist if she's still alive, that's for sure.

Anne Frank has definitely "lived up" until today, making sure we don't forget the bloodied scars of war, the sufferings of many victims and the loss of many innocent souls. If only she had held on in just a couple of months more and she would have been free, reunited with her beloved father. Well, as it turned out, everything happens for a reason. Her diary and notes still live on, inspiring more humans in the years to come. Though this is just a diary of a young girl but it did prompted me to be more thankful in life, to be more grateful with what I do have and feeling blessed overall. Read it and be inspired to just live.

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